- Eskom has warned that load-shedding may be returning to cast a blanket of darkness over the streets of Mzansi tonight
- While the power utility has yet to make the call an official one, it cautioned that a delay in maintenance could result in outages
- The load-shedding, if it is indeed implemented, is expected to take place this evening
Eskom issued a statement on Thursday morning warning that everyone's least-favourite houseguest might be popping in for a visit.
The embattled power utility explained that delays had been experienced in maintenance:
"The power system is under stress this morning and we are using diesel generators to meet demand. The units that were expected to come back from maintenance were delayed, which led to diesel generators being used overnight. While we have adequate emergency reserves to supplement capacity during the day, we may need to implement load-shedding this evening in order to augment diesel and water at our open cycle gas turbines and pumped storage schemes respectively."
The state-owned entity explained that unplanned outages were at 13 063 MW this morning, up from the 12 620MW experienced on Wednesday.
Eskom assured Mzansi that teams were 'working around to clock' to bring the system back online.
Briefly.co.za reported that newly-appointed CEO Andre de Ruyter had warned load-shedding was here to stay for the foreseeable future.
The utility is now in a race against time to repair its neglected fleet of power stations after years of mismanagement and corruption.
With the utility already cutting off regions of Soweto last night over non-payment by the community, the outages trended on social media as citizens weighed in.
Take a look at some of their responses below:
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